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(518) 374-0317 1541 Union St
Schenectady, NY 12309

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that patients often have questions about visiting our Schenectady dentistry practice. Our team has gathered some of the most common questions we receive, and provided the answers for your convenience. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in our FAQs, please feel free to contact our office. We’re happy to talk with you and help you in any way possible.

Q. I don’t like drills. Are there any other options?

A. We offer air abrasion, an alternative to the traditional dental drill. With air abrasion, a stream of air and tiny abrasive particles whisk away decay. The tool emits no vibration, heat, or noise, which are the factors that cause the pain associated with a dental drill, so in most cases, there is no need for needles or anesthesia.

Q. Does your office offer laser dentistry?

A. We use many kinds of lasers for precise, comfortable dentistry. DIAGNOdent by KaVo is our cavity-detection laser. It scans your teeth to find decay and areas prone to decay and eliminates the need to inspect teeth with a traditional dental hook.

Our soft-tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform tissue contouring, and remove cysts and lesions. You won’t need stitches after laser dentistry treatment, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser dentistry treatment than they do following traditional surgery.

Q. What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

A. We offer bridgework, partial dentures, full dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our Dental Services page, then call our dental office in Schenectady for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, we can help you decide which replacement option is best for you.

Q. I avoid dental visits because of anxiety…is this normal? Can you help?

A. Many people fear dental visits. In fact, a large number of our patients hadn’t seen a dentist for five to thirty years before coming to see us. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. With sedation dentistry, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need – and deserve.

Q. I haven’t been to the dentist in years, and I’m ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your team judgmental?

A. First of all, congratulations on your wise decision to prioritize dental healthcare. Your mouth is a big part of your overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem. We’ll never judge or lecture you. Instead, we’ll help you by addressing your oral problems, explaining treatment options, then scheduling a plan of action that suits your schedule and your budget.